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39 Steps

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Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

About the show

The Tony Award-winning comedic spoof of the classic 1935 film, in which four actors portray more than 150 characters in a fast paced 100 minutes. More…

The madcap story follows dashing hero Richard Hannay as he races to solve the mystery of 'The 39 Steps,' all the while trying to clear his name. The four actors change roles in the blink of an eye. This production, performed at the intimate Union Square Theatre, is a transfer of the Tony Award winning Broadway production.

1h 40m | Already closed | Union Square Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (268)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful
82
Avg Score

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if U like Hitchcock films and great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like a manic paced piece where actors play dozens of parts

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if If you enjoy comedic mysteries

Don't see it if If you don't like run down theaters

71
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of the classic 1935 film.

Don't see it if you don't think that you will appreciate seeing more than 150 characters in 100 minutes.

87
Great acting, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Alfred Hitchcock movies or a noir story with a sense of humor

Don't see it if You don't like noir stories, stories set in 1950s, or one actor playing more than one role

80
Clever, Family-friendly, Dizzying, Inventive, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy madcap farce, watching a small cast play several roles, inventive staging, physical comedy, and are an Anglophile.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of broad humor, or are in the mood for something serious or thought-provoking.

96
Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Hitchcock spoofed brilliantly. You love a good farce with great acting.

Don't see it if You do not like silly comedy. You only like drama.

63
Silly, Funny, Great staging, Clever

See it if Clever staging and theatre tricks (silhouettes, physical comedy, props, vaudeville gags). Silly, good-natured fun.

Don't see it if you're expecting a compelling story or a great mystery. Loses steam and comes to an unsatisfying conclusion. Requires the right actors.

83
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you appreciate clever comedy.

Don't see it if you aren't into a more slapstick style of comedy.

80
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like your Hitchcock to be mocked and prefer Film Noir. 4 actors on one tiny stage just jumping from one costume to another.

Don't see it if You don't like mystery.

72
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You can't imagine how a Hitchock story could be funny. Very clever presentation.

Don't see it if You don't like actors playing multiple parts.

85
Clever, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if Acting was incredible. Each actor played multiple parts!! INCREDIBLE

Don't see it if It was a spoof on old movies so if you're not familiar may not be entertaining

80
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Original, Quirky

See it if want to see a master of clowning do his thing, enjoy "Poor Theatre", like slapstick

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor, are a Hitchcock purist

65
Cliched, Fluffy, Entertaining, Campy

See it if you enjoy campy humour with a lot of classic clown tricks and stage illusions

Don't see it if you want something super intense and actually thrilling

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you're a fan of spoofing the genre. A fractured telling of the old-time spy thriller. Not thrilling but very funny with some fun staging.

Don't see it if you're in to something more cerebral. This is just light fun done well.

89
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if You like to see how they make Hitchcock funny (and they do.)

Don't see it if You are just expecting a dramatic movie version

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying

See it if you like a silly delightfully delirious British comedy full of physical pratfalls in a spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's movie.

Don't see it if silly physical comedies.

94
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You like clever acting and funny spoofs. I saw this twice. Actors are talented and the show is just so quick paced. Their timing and energy!

Don't see it if You have never seen an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Many funny references to his movies. Its fun to watch for them.

80
Hilarious, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy quick-witted British people, intrigue, and everything Hitchcock/Noir.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy British accents, people playing multiple characters, or having a good time.

83
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Madcap, Clever

See it if You love campy, madcap mysteries and are in the mood for a fast-paced, head-spinning, hilarious show with a versatile cast.

Don't see it if You don't like goofy jokes, puns, or don't have a sense of satire and parody. It also helps to have seen a few noir-type mysteries.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Enjoyable

See it if you enjoy seeing one actor portray lots of different roles!

Don't see it if you don't like farce.

78
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if Good mystery

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

86
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of comedic theater and want to laugh a lot.

Don't see it if you get easily confused or don't get theatrical staging/humor

70
Cliched, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if love a good Hitchcock spoof and free clown noises. Go if it ever comes back!

Don't see it if you are looking for something serious, or are anti-Hitchcock.

90
Clever, Funny, Delightful, Original, Quirky

See it if You enjoy a spoof of a classic old spy film and a bit of slapstick, with great comedic acting.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for silly spoofs. Also, if you haven't seen the original movie you will not enjoy it nearly as much.

75
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Dated

See it if you want a classic farce!

Don't see it if you're looking for something modern. The content is old, and though the physical comedy is great, the show can be a little dull.


April 13th, 2015
"It remains indomitably funny...This bare-bones production is as disciplined and as precise in its footwork as a 'Firebird' from the Bolshoi Ballet. '39 Steps' remains a gallant and giggly ode to make-do resourcefulness...The cast members are as crude and as refined as they need to be."
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April 13th, 2015
"It’s a supporting actor—Arnie Burton, reprising his 2008 Broadway role—who really carries this welcome revival...It’s the silly stage business that milks the laughs. Shedding and switching secondary roles faster than they can doff or trade their cloaks and caps, Burton and sidekick Billy Carter ...
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April 13th, 2015
"Author Patrick Barlow and director Maria Aitken have created a unique piece of screwball comedy to call their own...This loving sendup is part madcap romance, part mistaken-identity thriller, and pure absurdity...At times, it feels a bit like a backyard production from the neighborhood kids, but...
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April 13th, 2015
"One of the funniest plays Broadway had seen in years is now majorly head-scratching in just how unfunny this mounting is...It seems that the show was rushed to the stage without enough rehearsal...the pacing is so far off, the chemistry nonexistent, and the campiness too big for a house of this ...
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